Not having quite plundered all of the 80s for every possible remake, Hollywood is now starting to eviscerate the 90s. The latest quasi-classic to get the reboot treatment is Flatliners, which came out just on the cusp of the 1990's emerging into their own as a viable landscape for cinema. The original film contains elements from both eras, making it unique in the sci-fi horror genre. At this time, it's not known how the storyline will be skewered or altered, if at all.
Ellen Page is in talks to headline this version of Flatliners. It isn't known if she will play the role of Dr. Rachel Mannus, originated by Julia Roberts. It's possible that this version could introduce a whole new set of characters. The rest of the ensemble cast from the original included some heavy hitters from that time period, including Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. None of the original cast is confirmed to appear in the new movie. But a cameo or two is not out of the question this early in development.
Seeking answers about the afterlife, Chicago medical student Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. Atheist David (Kevin Bacon), playboy Joe (William Baldwin) and the troubled Dr. Rachel (Julia Roberts) also journey into the unknown, looking for meaning in their own lives. As the experiments become more perilous, each is forced to contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.
The original Flatliners was directed by Joel Schumacher, and the film marked the second collaboration between him and his The Lost Boys star Kiefer Sutherland. The film was the first that really pushed Joel Schumacher's love of neon lighting to the next level, and it gave the horror thriller a unique and distinct look that is certainly of it's time period. It's doubtful that Niels Arden Oplev will bring the same aesthetic.
That said, Niels Arden Oplev is a unique and talented filmmaker in his own right, and should be able to craft something new and exciting from this material. He is best known for directing the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He last directed Dead Man Down, a thriller starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and Terrence Howard. On Flatliners, Niels Arden Oplev will be working from a screenplay penned by Ben Ripley. He is best known for his work on the sci-fi thriller Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhaal. David Blackman and Laurence Mark will serve as producers.
Flatliners, which opened in 1990, was nominated for a sound effects editing Oscar. Ellen Page can next be seen in Freeheld, where she plays the life partner of a police officer who is dying from cancer. She co-stars alongside Julianne Moore. It opens in limited release on October 2. The actress also has Into the Forest coming form A24, but it doesn't have a release date yet. So, how do you feel about a Flatliners remake? Sound perfect? Or sound blasphemous? Let us know in the comments below.